macOS Sierra Is Now Available

Faculty and Staff, the Information Technology division announces the launch of Apple’s newest operating system, macOS Sierra, to the TCU campus. The new version is available to all Macintosh computers on campus and has been approved by the Mac OS X Committee.  Please, see the information below for upgrade instructions.

Why should I upgrade now?

We encourage you to upgrade at your earliest convenience so you have the opportunity to plan accordingly. Otherwise, the upgrade will be mandatory at the end of the semester and will be pushed out to machines that have not completed the upgrade.

Upgrading also presents you with a series of enhancements that will help to improve your overall experience.  Check out the latest features on the following website (copy and paste the link into your browser): http://www.apple.com/macos/sierra

How do I start the Sierra upgrade?

The process is very simple.  We have attached a document to this message that includes step-by-step instructions on how to complete the process on your own.  Please, review the following reminders before opening the attachment.

Here are a few important reminders:

  1. This upgrade will take approximately two hours to complete so plan accordingly.
  2. We recommend that laptops be connected to power and a wired network connection before starting the upgrade.
  3. Your machine must already be running Mac OS 10.7.5 or later to be eligible for the upgrade and must meet the minimum requirements.
  4. Be prepared to upgrade any specialized third party software that you installed on your machine in case the version that you are running is not compatible with Sierra.
  5. If you use the VPN, you will need to download the F5 VPN client since Sierra will not work with our old VPN solution. Our new tool is easy to use and installation instructions are available in the knowledgebase.

The IT Support HelpDesk will be more than happy to answer questions about this change, but the process is easy enough that you should be able to complete the upgrade on your own.

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